“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – June 23, 2014


SCARLET POWER (Race 9 @AP, June 14, 2014, 6 furlongs, Stakes) Third choice in wagering stalked leaders in mid-pack in the turn and began to move forward when the field hit the top of the stretch. Made significant progress on rail and was getting to winner when that foe came over on top and forced her to check strongly, losing second place, and probably the first as well.


FASHION ALERT (Race 4 @BEL, June 14, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs, 2YO Stakes) The second choice and only debut runner in the field lunged at the start and required a little management to get on track but soon grabbed the lead without being pushed and when she arrived at the top of the stretch she followed instructions and kicked on in a straight path to win with authority. An impressive maiden voyage, in a stakes race no less, for this two year old girl.


DANCE MARATHON (Race 7 @GP, June 14, 2014, mile 1/16 turf, MSW) The third choice and only debut runner in the field broke slow, was then squeezed and started last losing several lengths. Moved out a little wide in the first turn and eventually came back to the rail. Was in tenth at the quarter pole and launched an impressive rally along the inside and finished fourth less than three lengths from the winner. The experience and a better trip will make this one a threat.

Lone Star

DANDY DON (Race 9 @LS, June 15, 2104, 5 furlongs turf, Claiming $15,000) The fifth choice in the field was bumped at the start and then steadied forcing him start last where he stayed until the field entered the turn. At that time he launched a rally between rivals but was forced to go very wide into the stretch and still continued to run on. Finished a totally unnoticed seventh but was only about four lengths from the winner. A sneaky good finish after trouble could help bring a price next out.


CHUNNEL (Race 10 @MTH, June 15, 2014, one mile turf, Stakes) The favorite bobbled a bit out of the gate and then stayed close to the pace on the inside, was then checked hard in tight quarters as the field moved into the first turn an threw his head. Raced well down the backstretch and stayed on the rail and was poised for a run at the leader when he was checked and hesitated just before reaching the top of the stretch. Finished a respectable third after all the trouble.

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FLYING CIRCUS (Race 4 @PRX, June 17, 6 furlongs, Maiden Claiming $25,000) The second choice was a debut runner that stumbled, hit the side of the gate and then was taken up again before he could take a couple of good strides, started last losing five to six lengths immediately. He appeared well composed once he started running and reached the field just before the far turn. Traveled widest of all in turn and was very wide when entering the stretch before straightening. Continued to show interest and closed well to finish third defeated only three lengths.

Santa Anita

TOM’S TRIBUTE (Race 7 @SA, June 14, 2014, one mile turf, stakes) The fifth choice was away a little slow and then checked a bit in tight quarters forcing him to the back of the pack. The colt stayed there until the field reached the far turn and he launched a good rally but traveled widest of all, continued the rally and close hard from the far outside, finished in a dead heat for third only a couple of lengths from the winner.


MANOFMANYVIRTUES (Race 6 @WO, June 14, 2014, 6 furlongs turf, MSW) The favorite broke awkwardly and was away tardily, ran into contention quickly and was behind pacesetters, was then checked slightly and forced to pull back when entering the turn, moved up behind leaders again as field entered stretch, moved to rail and back looking for room, was in tight about furlong marker and could not get outside when eventual winner made late run. Swung out afterwards and closed with a rush to finish second narrowly defeated.

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